venerdì 10 maggio 2013

Panini Foot 2012 - France

La collection officielle de stickers (Ligue 1, Ligue 2, National Féminines)

The "Panini Foot 2012" is a complete guide of French football for the season 2011-2012, including all the teams of Ligue 1, Ligue 2 and the Women National team. This album appeared in December 2011, during the 50 years celebrations of Panini (1961-2011). For this reason the album starts with a celebrative stickers "Panini 50" on the page with the match calendar of Ligue 1.

The album has a similar structure of the previous edition. Each Ligue 1 team is placed on four pages; the first page has four stickers: one golden team logo, the team squad (divided in two stickers) and  the coach (one sticker placed horizontally). In the other three pages there are 20 players portraits (on 20 stickers) and one star player in action (one silver sticker), plus there is space for the winter transfers up to 4 stickers ("zone transferts").
At the end of the season Montpellier won the Ligue 1 unexpectly. The star of the team is Younes Belhanda (silver sticker) and best scorer Olivier Giroud (who was transferred to Arsenal for the next season).

Paris Saint-Germain finished at the second place, with great performances by Pastore, Ménez and Nené. They were very active during the winter transfers. In fact, there are 5 update stickers: Ancelotti (new coach), Alex, Maxwell, Thiago Motta and Le Crom.

 As for PSG there is one more stickers than the places available on the "zone transferts", one sticker can be placed on top of one other gluing only the top part of it, in this way:

The "set transferts" with the update of the winter transfers was out in April 2012 and contains 53 stickers: Eduardo, Saad, Gigliotti (Ajaccio), Mandjeck, Lapo (Auxerre), Mariano, Obraniak (Bordeaux), Khaled, Sissoko, Alphonse, Jemaa (Stade Brestois), Montaroup (Caen), Yeboah, Achour, Diabaté, Kumordzi, Koné, Kakuta (Dijon), Kahlenberg, coach Correa (Evian), Cetto, Roux, John Ruiz (Lille), Gassama, Lautoa, Douniama (Lorient), Al-Kamali (Lyon), Mango, Osei, Brandao (Marseille), Puygrenier, Bayal, Mollo (Nancy), Anin, Grandin, coach Marsiglia (Nice), Le Crom, Maxwell, Alex, Thiago Motta, coach Ancelotti (PSG), Diallo, Erding (Rennes), Brison, Aleksic (Saint-Etienne), Banana, Doubai, Davies, Osanga (Sochaux), Aurier (Toulouse), Djuric, Camara (Valenciennes).

Maxime Gonalons was one of the surprises of the previous season and he is the "star player" of Lyon chosen by Panini:

After the Ligue 1 teams, two pages are dedicated to the film of the league ("Le film du Championnat"). It contains 10 extra stickers that were released on two special packets, one on Febraury 7 and the other on June 19 with the magazine "France Football". The first five stickers concern the first half of the season, with the best scorer Giroud (Montpellier), best player Barbosa (Evian), best goalkeeper Sirigu (PSG) and leader of the Ligue (PSG). The second five stickers concern the final results of the season: two stickers for the Ligue 1 champions (Montpellier), one for the Ligue 2 champions (Bastia), one for the best scorer Giroud (Montpellier) and one for the best player of the season Hazard (Lille).

 Then we have a section for the Women National Team (2 pages): 18 players on 9 stickers are included:

 Ligue 2 teams are placed each on one page with 7 stickers: one gold team logo, one team squad, 5 player stickers (3 players per sticker for a total of 15 players)

Sporting Club de Bastia won Ligue 1, reaching thus the other team from Corsica (Ajaccio) in Ligue 1.

AS Monaco is a noble team just fallen in Ligue 2. They did not manage to get back immediately to the French football élite.

 Album Details:

Name: Panini Foot 2012

Publisher: Panini

League: French (Ligue 1 and Ligue 2)

Number of teams: 20 Ligue 1 
                             20 Ligue 2

Stickers per team:  25 + update for Ligue 1 teams

                                7 stickers for Ligue 2 teams

Sticker size: 4.9 x 6.8 cm
Special Stickers: 1 sticker "Panini 50"
                            9 stickers "Equipe de France Féminine A"

Extra stickers:  10 stickers V1-V10 "Film du Championnat" (with "France Football")
                         53 stickers "Set Transfert" (Update April 2012)

Total number of stickers: 723 = 660 (album) + 53 (update) + 10 (V1-V10)

Star Players (silver stickers):

Benjamin André, Ndinga, Modeste, Baysse, M'Baye Niang, Sankharé, Mongongu, Payet, Emeghara, Gonalons, André Ayew, Belhanda, Bakar, Ospina, Sakho, M'Vila, Goulham, Boudebouz, Rivière, Tae-Hee Nam.

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